You’re sure to see plenty marine species of note while diving from Mahahual. The healthy reefs and the atoll play host to a variety of tropical species.
Vigilant divers may spot lobsters, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors as well as hundreds of colorful fish. French Angelfish and Queen Angelfish are among the many fish you’ll spot. Nurse sharks relax among the tunnels and caverns and barracuda stalk their prey in and out of the colorful corals.
Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill turtles are frequently seen in the area. And grouper live among the reefs and wrecks. As a real treat, you may also have the opportunity to dive with American crocodiles and manatees in the shallows on Banco Chinchorro.
There is no bad time to dive from Mahahual. In fact, the water temperatures remain constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months.
On average, water temperatures vary between 78 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) in Banco Chinchorro.
As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded, Caribbean dive sites, May and September is the best time to dive from Mahahual.
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Most visitors to Mahahual will arrive via cruise ship. These large ships dock at Costa Maya. From the port, you’ll need to arrange for a private transfer to the small village of Mahahual. It’s also possible to reach this destination through Cancun’s International Airport. A private transfer or rental car is necessary to travel the 219 miles (352 kilometers) between the airport and Mahahual.